The Car (album)

2022 studio album by Arctic Monkeys / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Car is the seventh studio album by English rock band Arctic Monkeys, released on 21 October 2022 by Domino Recording Company. It was written by band frontman Alex Turner in his home in Los Angeles and Paris. It was produced in Suffolk, Paris and London by frequent Arctic Monkeys collaborator James Ford, alongside frequent guest musicians Tom Rowley, Loren Humphrey and Tyler Parkford. It was arranged by Bridget Samuels and Turner. Drummer Matt Helders took the picture on the album cover, which depicts a white car in an otherwise empty car park. Its title refers to said cover and the abundance of references to vehicles in the lyrics.

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The Car
The album cover depicts a single car on a rooftop.
Studio album by
Released21 October 2022
ProducerJames Ford
Arctic Monkeys chronology
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
The Car
Singles from The Car
  1. "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball"
    Released: 30 August 2022
  2. "Body Paint"
    Released: 29 September 2022
  3. "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am"
    Released: 18 October 2022
  4. "Sculptures of Anything Goes"
    Released: 6 March 2023

The Car builds upon the sound from the band's previous album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino (2018). It features a wide array of genres that include art rock, orchestral rock, lounge pop, baroque pop, and funk, as well as elements of jazz. It also draws influence from soul music, electronic music, glam rock, bossa nova, traditional pop and vintage film soundtracks. Its lyrical content explores show business, specifically the music and film industries, and nostalgia.

The singles "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball", "Body Paint" and "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am" were released in promotion, all of which peaked within the top 25 on the UK Singles Chart. The Car received critical acclaim upon its release. Critics complimented the band's artistic progression, the album's production and Turner's lyrics, though some felt the continued deviation from the band's earlier indie rock sound would prove as polarizing. Additionally, "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball" was nominated for Best Alternative Music Performance at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.[1] On the charts, The Car debuted at number two in ten territories, including the United Kingdom, blocked from the top spot by Taylor Swift's Midnights. It became Arctic Monkeys' first album to not reach the top spot of the UK Albums Chart.